062015 is neither a bar code nor an encrypted message; it stands for June 20, 2015, the last day of my C1.5 Spanish class, the celebration of El Día del Español (Spanish Language Day) and the first time I watched a Star Cinema film feature the leading lady waking up without a stitch of makeup but still looking like a dyosa (goddess).
Yesterday was the tenth and ultimate session of our Spanish class with Abby. It was an hour shorter than the usual three-hour sessions we have to give way for the El Día E! activities. As was customary for our class, we had a photo session with the professor. This time almost all of us wore something with a dash of blue because we feel blue for not seeing each other for two weeks.
El Día del Español / El Día E!
El Día del Español festivities at Instituto Cervantes Manila (ICM) started at 1030am with El Juego del Español (The Spanish Game). Filipinos know it as scrabble game, but the ICM version is gigantic. It was actually fun forming words on the board, but there were not sufficient letters to form some of the words we wanted. I think there was no “B” so we could not form MABUHAY as one of the greetings. So we stopped with three greetings. It was far from being satisfactory, 3 is far from the passing grade at ICM. 🙂
Poesía Magnética (Magnetic Poetry) looked interesting. The participants composed short poems by using the given words stuck on the wall. There were words printed on magnetic material scattered on the floor, waiting to be used by the poet of the moment to make something out of nothing. I think they were given points for how many lines made sense and hopefully additional points for creativity.
The video of Mi Palabra Favorita (My Favorite Word) participants played on loop near the main door. Each participant sent in a short video of their favorite Spanish word with accompanying explanation why they chose that particular word. A handful of them were creative but all of them seemed like they had fun in shooting the video.
When I started this blog, I had a couple of rules that I have religiously followed to stay true to my vision of writing about things that fascinate me. One of which was to stay away from writing about restaurant food in Metro Manila. It is not because food does not fascinate me because it does. A LOT. I just reckon that there are one million and one other sites that tackle this topic rather well and I do not have the energy to join the fray. I am breaking this rule today (partly) because of my classmates. Hahaha.
They say that customers come to restaurants for food and come back for service. Mad for Pizza in SM City Manila is one of the places that make this statement true. Some of my classmates have visited the pizza parlor thrice in five weeks; I have been there twice. Their create-your-own pizzas with 48 toppings enticed us to visit the first time. Their danggit (rabbitfish) pasta and their fast, efficient and accommodating servers were the reasons why we came back.
La Presa and I proceeded to Fisher Mall in Quezon City to watch LizQuen’s Just the Way You Are.
A few days ago, wanderingbakya turned one year old. Hope surprised me with uber thoughtful gifts that are too cute for words. 🙂 So I decided to include them on this entry to showcase them and to show my appreciation for all the effort Hope exerted to have them made.
Hope also gave me a wanderingbakya.com stamp. So thank you so so so much. 🙂